Monday, September 19, 2011

TCS September ~ Bakers' own selection! #1 Poppy Seed Cake

September is the last month we are baking from the current book
'The Cake Keeper Cake' by Lauren Chattman
We get to bake a cake or cakes! of our own choice!
Mine is Lauren's Poppy Seed Cake
Above: Poppy seeds need to be soaked for half hour in half a cup of boiling water;
then drained and pulsed in chopper before using
I paired my cake with raspberry jam mixed with soft cream cheese! 
Original recipe from the book and online HERE:  Lauren Chattman's Poppy Seed Cake

3/4 cup poppy seeds
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 sticks (14 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar (I used 3/4 cup light brown sugar instead)
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract (I had none)
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (I did dust with icing sugar but the cake ate it! haha hence the jam and cream cheese topping!)

In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the poppy seeds and cover. Let stand for 1 hour. Scrape the seeds into a blender and pulse until lightly crushed.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan, tapping out any excess flour.

In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/3 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter with the granulated sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the poppy seed mixture and beat at medium speed until just combined.

Add the eggs to the batter one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert it onto a wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Dust the cake with confectioners' sugar, cut into squares and serve.

The poppy seed cake can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  1. This looks really interesting. I've never seen poppy seeds soaked and pulsed like that before. Gives a wonderful speckled appearance. How did it taste?

  2. I bet the sauce went great with cake!

  3. Hi Katie,

    It tastes okay, not as tender as I remember ..... but not grainy.

  4. Hi Anabel,

    The speckled sauce (lazy me!) matches the cake texture! but taste fab!